Lovely hotel with a Japanese ambiance. Staff was courteous and helpful with accommodations and recommendations for places to eat and things to do. Great location just a couple of blocks from the suidobashi subway line and JR train line. The breakfast was the best we had in Japan. Will stay here again when we return to Tokyo.
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I stayed at this hotel for about a week, and was very pleased with everything. The location is convenient, as the closest metro station is Jimbocho, but Kudanshita is also not far away. There is also a convenience store across the road so you can buy almost anything at short notice.
The staff are able to speak English and are very good to deal with, as they are always eager to help.
Rooms were kept very tidy, amenities always re-stocked, and I always returned from a day out to a fresh new room.
They also have a breakfast buffet in the mornings, and with free wifi you can enjoy eating there and checking your phone before you head out to explore exciting Tokyo!
I would recommend staying here if you are interested in Art Deco, Tokyo's 20th century past, or just an interesting experience. I stayed here because it has a beautiful Art Deco exterior, and was (is?) a hangout for the literati of Tokyo. The hotel interior gives the impression of being a bit tired. But that is because it is all from the 1950s (?). My room was comfortable; but a bit dowdy. The area around the hotel has many trees. It was a novel experience to wake up in Tokyo to the sound of birdsong! At night I was lulled to sleep by someone playing jazz in the Meiji University dorms adjacent to the hotel. Don't stay in the annex; nothing to recommend it. I'm not sure that I would stay here if you are just coming for tourism and want a modern affordable hotel.
If you are coming to Tokyo on the Narita Express, get off at Tokyo station, and change to the Chuo JR line. Go to Ochanomizu (Water for Tea...nice name!). Go out of the station at the Meiji University side. The hotel is 10 minutes walk. It's a hilly area (hence name of hotel). It's an easier walk if you go past the Kandasurugadai post office, and take a left. Have a look at the map inside the station before you exit.
This is a great area. There are many used book stores, some of which specialize in European languages. Also many musical instrument stores. Since it is a university area, there are many cheap restaurants; Japanese,Indian, Thai, Chinese, and hamburgers. There are also many bars and coffee houses.
A neighborhood of universities and schools, this area shares the city’s Chiyoda Ward with Otemachi, which is the former site of Shibazaki, the most ancient part of Tokyo. It also offers easy access to the Imperial Palace, home of the emperor and imperial family, and East Gardens, which are open to the public.
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